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Italians Are Mostly Window Shopping This Christmas

Harsh austerity measures, new taxes and the specter of a deep recession are keeping even wealthy Italians from indulging on Christmas this holiday season. Not only are high-end stores empty, but even fruit vendors and trinket stalls are desperate for customers.
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Study: Sometimes Less Is More In Gift-Giving

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A study from Virginia Tech yielded some interesting information those who are gift-giving a-plenty in the next few days. Sometimes less is more, researchers say.

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Resolution For Payroll Tax Cut Extension May Be Near

There's been a breakthrough on Capitol Hill over the standoff on the payroll tax cut extension. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's David Welna for more.
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Prison Could Jumpstart Old N.H. Mill Town

After nearly a decade of severe economic decline, good fortune may finally be shining down on Berlin, N.H. A federal prison is set to open there in the next few months. That means $20 million will start washing into this city devastated by the collapse of the pulp-and-paper-mill industry. Residents and business owners say this Christmas is going to be a little bit brighter.

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